Agoda makes Great Barrier Reef more affordable, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Incorporated, is one of my favourite hotel booking sites.  Agoda has secured exclusive promotional rates for some of the Great Barrier Reef’s best island resorts.

Situated off the coastline of Queensland – Australia’s “Sunshine State” – the Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising more than 2,900 coral reefs and 900 islands. The reef is home to an estimated 1,500 tropical fish species, with humpback and minke whales, seals, turtles, and dolphins also part of this diverse and delicate ecosystem. The reef is one of the world’s most idyllic tropical destinations, the turquoise waters and pristine beaches drawing family vacationers, honeymooners, and pro-divers alike.

Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef can explore the coral and cays via daytrip from the mainland – Cairns and Airlie Beach are two major launch points for such tours – or from “live-aboard” boats suited to divers. For travellers who prefer seclusion and exclusivity, staying at an island resort in the Great Barrier Reef will deliver the most tailored and memorable experience.

The reef stretches from Bundaberg in Queensland’s south to just north of the Cape York peninsular – Australia’s northernmost point – and there are scores of islands from which travellers can base their adventures. Accommodation ranges from fun-filled family resort to eco-stay to designer retreat with facilities and activities to suit all types of holiday-makers. has announced some exclusive promotional rates at some of the Great Barrier Reef’s best island resorts. Following is a quick guide to these islands:

ORPHEUS ISLAND: Orpheus is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s best-preserved islands, its 1,300 hectares protected as national parkland and home to OIRS, a research station that studies reef ecology. The park and its flora and fauna are one of the main attractions of Orpheus (aside from the teeming coral reef just offshore) and its best suited to visitors that value seclusion, privacy, and nature-based activities.

DAYDREAM ISLAND: Daydream is one of the Whitsunday Islands, and one of the reef’s most kid-friendly. One of the Great Barrier Reef’s most accessible and affordable islands, it’s only 30 minutes by catamaran from Airlie Beach on the mainland, making it a popular destination for day-trippers. The island is also popular with sailing aficionados.

HAYMAN ISLAND: Another of the Whitsundays, Hayman is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most famous islands. The Whitsunday Islands receive hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, and Hayman is one of the most popular, being one of the first to host a resort – the only one on the island. Hayman is suited to travellers who want to experience the Great Barrier Reef with all the benefits of a luxury resort environment.

HAMILTON ISLAND: Hamilton is the largest of Whitsunday’s inhabited islands. It hosts a yacht club, a commercial airport, and six resorts, plus some residential homes. The majority of Hamilton’s bushland and mangroves are protected as national parks and contain walking trails and lookouts. Beaches are the classic idyllic combination of white sand and calm turquoise waters.

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